01/07/2007 12:00AM

Santa Ysabel Stakes preview


Saturday, January 6, 2007
Race 7 - Santa Anita
1 1/16 Miles
Santa Ysabel Stakes (Grade 3)
3-year-old fillies
Purse $100,000

MISTICAL PLAN didn't run a step in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet over Cushion Track , but was chasing a hot pace while wide the whole way, and may have been a bit short off the brief freshening. She is very fast from the gate, may clear off to the rail despite the far outside post position, and should appreciate the slight class relief. She also may be a bit tighter in her second start back. Expect a rebound. SEASIDE AFFAIR hinted at ability in promising debut at Churchill Downs, but it took her a bit of time before she broke her maiden with complete authority over the Cushion Track. She will take a major step up in class, but may be closest to the pick down the backstretch, and will benefit if Mistical Plan doesn't stay the distance. KIMMY POTTER makes first start for new ownership after a game placing, and she won the Black Swan at this distance at Fairplex earlier in the year. Expect Mistical Plan's uncoupled stablemate to rate off that one in this spot. BARONESS THATCHER's lone win came by open lengths over Keeneland's Polytrack, then she didn't have an easy trip chasing Mistical Plan at Churchill. She may fail into a nice trip saving all the ground from inside post. RUNWAY ROSIE didn't do much in Hollywood Starlet, but previous effort at this distance resulted in a stakes win over Cushion Track. A hot pace will certainly aid her chances. BACK IN THE SHADE has been freshened up for this, but couldn't stay with Runway Rosie in the Sharp Cat, and may have some distance limitations.

1. Mistical Plan
2. Seaside Affair
3. Kimmy Potter